ln the nineties, l became involved in a project called lMPACT! conceived by a teacher and friend of mine from Rhode island. She had approached calligraphers from Masscribes lnc., an organization of lettering artists, asking us to visually express some original poetry written by young inmates at Rhode Island Training School, a penal facility for individuals under 21 who had committed serious crimes. By expressing their poetry in artistic terms, we hoped to inspire and encourage them to take their negative feelings and place them on paper rather than lashing out at society, thereby avoiding harming others or themselves with their actions. Many of these incarcerated young people were addicted to various substances.

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